Maggie Sajdak is a professional makeup artist with over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry.  Her passion for artistry started at an early age with her love of painting and drawing, which naturally transferred to her love of beauty and makeup.  Maggie started her career working for a local makeup brand in Glen Ellyn, IL.  She trained under the guidance of makeup artist, Michael Perich of PERICH Skincare and Makeup.  From there, her natural talent for makeup artistry skyrocketed.  She began her freelance work with brides, short film and special FX makeup.  Her journey led her to eventually work for the world renowned brand, MAC Cosmetics.  There, she was able to hone in and perfect her technique, skills and precision.  Her understanding of working with various skin tones, skin types and ages continues to make her a sought-after makeup artist.  She is certified with the brand in their highest "Advanced 2 level" makeup certification.  

As an artist, Maggie prides herself on understanding and listening to what each client wants and creates a look that is truly unique and special just for them.  She works in a joint collaborative effort, to ensure that the final result is tailored to each individual. 

Maggie aims to make you look and feel your most beautiful, fresh and confident self for your special day. 


Jennifer Melendez is a certified freelance makeup artist specializing in beauty, bridal and couture makeup applications.  Jennifer's love for makeup began in her teen years and had grown ever since.  Her greatest joy while applying makeup comes with helping her clients look and feel their best on their special day.  Jennifer insists on using high quality makeup such as Temptu, MAC, Smashbox, Morphe and Kat Von D just to name a few.  

Along with having a passion for makeup, Jennifer has a profound love for the fine arts.  She is formally trained in various art techniques and has a bachelor's degree in Art Education.  Jennifer enjoys creating her own ceramic and sculptural pieces and dabbles with photography.  Because of her love for art, Jennifer pursued her career as a high school fine arts educator in the Chicago-land suburbs.  

Jennifer's main goal is to provide her clients with the makeup look they've been dreaming of!


Jackie Trombetta's love of classic design shines through in her work.  After working 10 years in the beauty industry, Jackie is most passionate about formal hair styling and creating a look that lasts well beyond the end of the night.  She has mastered all hair types but specializes in textured hair.  "The more curls the better.  I love incorporating my client's natural hair texture to create a natural, romantic look." 

Throughout the years Jackie was selected to participate in many hair and makeup opportunities, which has helped mold her success today.  Most recently Jackie engaged in a photo shoot for the Chicago-based magazine , "Make It Better".  She can also be found prepping models and working side by side North-shore Photographers, such as Nicole Thomas of Nicole Thomas Photography. 

When Jackie is not behind the chair working, she can be found traveling the world.  She enjoys exploring different cities and cultures.  Jackie feels her love of travel influences her work tremendously.  "I'm always keeping an eye out for the newest and trendiest hair and makeup looks while traveling so I can keep my looks modernized!" 

Gabriela |  makeup artist

Gabriela Aldana is a professional makeup artist with over 17 years of experience under her brush belt.  Her love for art and fashion led Gabriela to the makeup industry in 2003, working at various locations on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.  With a career spanning over 14 years with MAC Cosmetics, Gabriela developed a complete comprehension and capability of working on all skin tones, ages and sexes. 

Gabriela has had exciting freelance opportunities such as working with the Chicago LuvaBulls, American Beauty Show, runway, short films and various industry events between Chicago  and Vegas. 

When asked what makeup she's most passionate about doing her response is: "Brides! I love the collaborative effort that goes into it and being able to make a bride feel beautiful and confident on her memorable day!"

Gabriela's number one goal is your happiness with her makeup services, which she provides for all occasions.  Her expectation is never to make you conform to "her style" but rather to flawlessly execute YOUR vision! 


Nicole Buscemi has been in the beauty industry for 7+ years. She originally found her passion for hair and makeup while she began assisting in the salon.  Not only does she love bridal styling and makeup, she is also a balayage and blonding specialist!


When asked what her favorite formal hair style is, Nicole replies "braided styles! They create intricate texture and can be styled endlessly creating both formal or casual, messy looks." Having an art background, Nicole has a natural eye for composition.  She loves taking her client's ideas and making their idea come to life. Giving clients what they desire means everything to her.  

When Nicole isn't doing hair she can be found reading or expressing her creativity through her art. 

Besa |  hair + makeup artist

Besa Begu completed Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in 2010.  Her 10 years in the beauty industry and knowledge of Paul Mitchell products surpass that of her colleagues.  Besa uses extensive product and skill knowledge in everything she does.  Her craftsmanship shines through especially in her formal styles.  

Besa is very skilled in all hair types and loves working with brides.  She also feels comfortable with wig styling. When asked about her wig styling Besa explains, "It takes a lot of knowledge and years of practice to know the right steps in creating a style that looks soft and natural, which is what all clients wearing wigs want." 

In addition to wig styling, Besa loves to create classic, elegant and romantic formal hair.  "The key is in the curling technique.  I use specific irons or wands to achieve different looks!" 

On her time away from the styling chair, Besa enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children.  She can also be found attending classes and scouring social media for the most up to date styling techniques and inspirations.

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